[Exclusive Interview] Dyro Talks Revealed Recordings Bus Tour, Festival Season, and Collaboration with Kanye?
Last week I got the chance to sit down with the Dutch superstar, Jordy van Egmond, better known to his fans as Dyro, before he played a phenomenal set at the House of Blues in Boston. This performance is just part of the second Revealed Recordings North American Bus Tour along with Hardwell and Dannic. At just 21 years old, Dyro has had an incredible journey into the dance music world, soaring to spot #30 on DJ Mag‘s Top 100 list. He let us in on his experiences at his first ever Ultra Music Festival, as well as his upcoming festival schedule, explained his strategy on staying humble in the electronic music industry, and revealed his secret dream collaboration!
Sensible Reason: What has been the most memorable part of this second annual Revealed Recordings North American bus tour so far?
Dyro: Wow. There’s not really been one specific memorable moment, every moment is golden on this tour and it’s so much fun. The three of us [Dyro, Dannic, and Hardwell] are really good friends and to be on tour with your friends is really cool. It’s almost like you’re not on tour. It’s a good thing we have a tour manager to keep us on the straight path, otherwise we would do weird fucking shit! [laughs] It’s like a lethal combination, Hardwell, Dannic, and myself. We’ve known each other for years and every time we play together is so much fun. It’s really cool. I feel really, really blessed to be on this tour and everything we’re doing right now.
SR: (fan question) How was playing your tour opener in Minneapolis, presented by Sound in Motion? What made this show special?
Dyro: I actually played back in Minneapolis at that same venue [Epic Nightclub] before with Hardwell as well. When I played with Hardwell before [May 2013] people only really saw me as the opener, and when I started back then it was really empty in the venue. But right now, I could see that I gained actual fans in Minneapolis, and a lot of people were there for me as well as Hardwell. It was really cool because people knew who I was this time, and back then they didn’t.
SR: Being such a young and successful artist (#30 on DJMag), what keeps you so humble?
Dyro: [laughs] It’s actually pretty hard to stay humble. I’m pretty young. There’s all this stuff happening around you and everybody wants something from you. You’re being seen like some “pop star” and it’s really hard to stay yourself. I am really trying and I think I’m doing a pretty good job at it. My mom always tells me, “Stay yourself and be yourself”. These guys are helping me as well; [smiles and points to Hardwell] this guy has been the most helpful guy I’ve ever met in this scene. They [Hardwell and Dannic] inspire me to be humble, of course.
SR: You have described in an earlier interview that the turning point in your music career was being signed by Hardwell. What’s it like being able to play alongside him show after show?
Dyro: It raises the bar, you know? I know Hardwell is going to play a phenomenal set every single time he’s around. So, it makes me want to perform even better than usual, you know?
SR: Almost like playing with your big brother?
Dyro: Exactly! It’s like you want to impress your big brother or your mentor, especially on this tour.
SR: What was the craziest thing that happened during your time in Miami at Ultra Music Festival?
Dyro: It was actually my first Ultra show ever, and Dannic’s as well. There was actually a thunderstorm going on when Dannic was about to play, and it was a real bummer because they closed the stage right when Dannic was supposed to go on. Then, ten minutes before his set was supposed to end, he was allowed to go on. So, he only had ten minutes to play his set. Then, I was supposed to start right after. We’re really good friends, so I couldn’t do that do him, so I gave him my extra minutes. At first, I told him let’s just split the entire 70 minutes I had into 45 minutes of set time each, and just do it like that. But then we decided let’s just do it all together, and then Hardwell came on stage and ended up seeing the entire show. It was so much fun. It turned out way better than each just playing for one hour.
SR: How excited are you for Mysteryland and the upcoming festival season? And can we expect you at any other festivals?
Dyro: Mysteryland is the next big festival I’m doing. I’m also doing Spring Awakening in Chicago. I’m doing some festivals in Canada; I think I’m doing Digital Dreams. We’re working a lot more shows which aren’t confirmed, but we’re working on it. There’s definitely a lot more to expect. I’m really excited for the festival season. It should be great. I’m really, really happy to be playing the first ever Mysteryland in New York. I heard there’s a meteor storm going on while I’m playing. It’s insane. It’s like best production you could ever have.
SR: If you could collaborate with any non-dance music artist, who would it be and why?
Dyro: I think…hmm, wow. I think somebody like Kanye West. It’s like so different. It hasn’t been done and I think he will never do it. But I really respect his artistic view.
SR: In closing, what is something no one knows about Dannic and Hardwell?
Dyro: I think the fact that everyone sees us as really uptight and really professional when we’re performing, but in the background we’re partying, not partying that hard, but just having fun. People sometimes think we’re just on tour and just working, but we’re also having fun. We are really, really happy that so many people come to see us.
SR: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Dyro: Definitely everybody who listens to me and has been supporting me over the years, I’m really thankful for where I am right now. I wouldn’t be here without my fans. I just want to thank everybody who has been supporting me.
Big thanks to Ro and Vass at Revealed Recordings for making this interview possible! Keep an eye out for the full event review and photo album from the Revealed Recordings North American Bus Tour’s Boston stop!